Latest Christmas News

New this week: Kaepernick, Sheeran and 'Star Trek' spin-off

Oct. 25, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “Army of Thieves,” coming to Netflix on Friday, is set in a world where...

Maze madness reigns as farmers embrace fall agritourism

Oct. 23, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Fall offers “a-maizing” opportunities for folks of all ages to get outside, explore, enjoy family time and maybe even get a little bit lost as local farms open their gates to visitors. Corn mazes have seen a surge in popularity — but gone are...

Hand-crafted ornaments being accepted for Christmas display

Oct. 22, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia residents are invited to submit hand-crafted ornaments to be displayed on a Christmas tree at the West Virginia Culture Center, first lady Cathy Justice said. Submissions are being accepted from residents of all ages and artists of...

Project aims to preserve an Arizona tribe's cultural history

Oct. 18, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Hidden away in Christmas Tree Pass near the Arizona-Nevada border, more than 700 petroglyphs can be found at Grapevine Canyon. The petroglyphs, which were carved into the canyon rocks sometime between 1100 and 1900 AD, are a reminder that...

EU-UK talks, fishing threat kick Brexit back into high gear

Oct. 15, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit brawl kicked into high gear Friday on sticking points over Northern Ireland and French fishing, coming almost a year after a deal on a free trade agreement was supposed to have officially sealed the separation between the European Union and the United Kingdom. ...

Companies scraping for staff ahead of the holidays

Oct. 12, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All employers want for Christmas is some holiday help. But they might not get their wish. Companies that typically hire thousands of seasonal workers are heading into the holidays during one of the tightest job markets in decades, making it unlikely...

UK families see hard times ahead as COVID programs end

Sep. 30, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Diana Gaglio has been in the economic crosshairs of the pandemic for the past 18 months. The 53-year-old from Bedfordshire, north of London, was furloughed from her job as entertainment manager for a holiday company when COVID-19 gutted the travel...

China's power cuts may foreshadow shortages of global goods

Sep. 27, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet official energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of...

Bug that could hurt Christmas tree industry found in Kent Co

Aug. 17, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — An invasive bug that could threaten Michigan’s Christmas tree industry has been discovered in the western part of the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Monday it had confirmed the presence of the balsam...

Sales up at New Hampshire state forest nursery

Aug. 01, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Sales from the New Hampshire State Forest Nursery rose 14.2% this year to $220,481 over 2020, a record. The nursery, located within the 880-acre state forest in Boscawen, shipped 238,155 seedlings, an increase of 27,990 from the year before. ...